Last issue was number #1, but now here we are at #650. Marvel Math! What an achievement for the Man Without Fear and what a treat the current creative team gives us. If you’re joining from the last issue, you’ll want to see some resolution from the train crash, but if you’re returning from a Daredevil hiatus, I would strongly recommend you read issue #1 before this. This issue features the shock and horror of a disaster which goes alongside a clash of beliefs between the two main characters.
We are in part 2 of The Red Fist Saga, which is part of the new mission that Matt Murdock and Elektra are on. Before they start that, Matt wants to close some of the issues hanging over from the Devil’s Reign event and the past struggles in his life. Devil’s Reign changed a lot about the world of Daredevil: Matt Murdock is dead… well, more like his fake twin brother, Mike, who died masquerading as Matt. Kingpin is no longer the mayor of NYC, and Elektra is also Daredevil. Hopefully, with that crash course, you are intrigued to pick up the previous volumes in Chip Zdarsky’s run on Daredevil, which I strongly recommend.
Speaking of returns, this milestone issue features plenty of guest artists who get to shine on some pages that highlight their impacts on Daredevil: Alex Maleev, Paul Azaceta, Phil Noto, Chris Samnee, Klaus Janson, Mike Hawthorne, John Romita Jr., and Scott Hanna all make a return. I thought it was very classy of Chip Zdarsky to work in a highlight reel for these artists in a way that also contributes to the modern story. Granted, they are flashbacks to moments, but they have a definite purpose of giving readers a happy flashback and adding credit to the villain’s rant about his impact on Matt Murdock’s life.
As for the villain, I have to say this person is a scary madman. Former ADA Robert “Goldy” Goldman has made some appearances in Zdarsky’s run with little hints of importance, but now we see the whole picture. The man is crazy and can cause disasters. This train wreck he causes is an eye opener for just how far Goldy will go to make Murdock believe he is helping. It is reminiscent of how Hunter “Zoom” Zolomon thought that punishing Wally West was making him a better hero, and now tack religion onto that mix for extra worry. I can’t wait to see what Goldy will do next.
I enjoyed that Zdarsky gave Goldy a religious vibe to match Matt’s reasoning. It is interesting to read Matt’s inner monologue about Goldy and gain Matt’s perspective. I enjoy that it challenged Matt to think about moments in his life and wonder if they were because of someone else. Could all his loss and pain be because of someone helping him? That question is excellent because it messes with Matt’s beliefs in God’s impact on life – how free will and God’s will clash against actions.
Daredevil #2 (LGY #650) is an excellent issue that is worth the celebration, and I think that ending will give many fans something to talk about. You’ll discover new layers to Matt’s life and gain a unique insight into why they happened. This new villain is a formidable adversary who hits Matt right in the religion. All this is wrapped up in beautiful art by current and past creators.
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